ASRock is on their the verge of launching their all new Z77 OC Formula motherboard. As the name suggested it their Z77 based motherboard designed for overclocking. This will be company’s first motherboard for overclocking enthusiasts and from its feature set, it seems like ASRock is targeting two motherboards with this; ASUS Maximus V Formula and GIGABYTE’s OC motherboards.
The Z77 OC Formula comes with a CEB form factor; its a bit taller than ATX board and ASRock is using the usual premium gold Japanese made high-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors all over the board. There are a good number of OC features like Digi-Power 12+4 phase power design, high density power connectors and gold contact points for CPU and memory. Another OC feature is the twin-power cooling which is actually active air cooling and water cooling for CPU VRM. One 8-pin and one 4-pin EPS connectors are present for powering clean power to CPU. It’ll come with GELID GC-Extreme Thermal Compound for maximum cooling. It’ll also come with ‘NickShih’s OC Profile’ pre-loaded in BIOS.
In terms of memory, Z77 OC Formula supports up to 32 GB of memory with DDR-3000+ speeds. It comes with two PCI Express 3.0 x16, one PCI Express 2.0 x16 (x4 electrically) and two PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots; supporting up to 3-Way NVIDIA SLI and CrossfireX. For sound, ASRock didnt go with any thing special; just the usual 7.1 channel Realtek ALC898. For networking, it comes with Broadcom BCM57781 gigabit LAN.
For storage connectivity, Z77 OC Forumla comes with 6 SATA III 6 Gb/s ports (two via Intel Z77 and four via Marvell SE9172) and four SATA II 3 Gb/s ports. In terms of other on-board options, it comes with one front panel USB 3.0 connector, voltage measurement points, 8 fan connectors (two PWM), three USB 2.0 headers, post LED, power/reset button, Rapid OC Button (+/- buttons to adjust OC frequency) and PCIe on/off switch. ASRock also packs two 64Mb AMI chips loaded with UEFI.
Back panel I/O has one PS/2 mouse/keyboard port, HDMI, Optical SPDIF Out Port, six USB 3.0, four USB 2.0, LAN, clear CMOS switch and audio connectors.
ASRock has also prepared a new overclocking software called ‘Formula Drive’ to accompany their board. Z77 OC Formula is expected to hit market by the end of this month or in the start of next month with a “moderate price tag”.